The World Cup didn’t come home, but the UEFA Nations League just might be.
England are through to the semi-finals of the inaugural competition following an impressive 2-1 victory over Croatia at Wembley Stadium.
England were heading for relegation when Andrej Kramaric scored for Croatia in the 57th minute.
But Jesse Lingard set up a tense finish when he equalised and Harry Kane - who else? - converted from close range with five minutes to go to hand England the win.
It means that England are through and Croatia, who beat the Three Lions in the semi-final of the World Cup, are relegated.
Sweet revenge for Gareth Southgate and his players.
In the aftermath of their run to the final in Russia, Croatia’s players have insisted that the frequent chants of ‘Football’s Coming Home’ spurred them on to victory against England.
What happened at full-time
Indeed, Dejan Lovren was looking forward to going up against England once again.
The Liverpool defender courted controversy with an Instagram live he posted after Croatia’s 3-2 win against Spain on Thursday.
After mocking Sergio Ramos, Lovren covered the Spain badge on his shirt and said: “Only this side [Croatia] is worthy. Now to beat England and walk out like a boss!”
The 29-year-old also spoke of how he felt disrespected during the World Cup in a recent interview with the Daily Mail.
Unfortunately for Lovren and his teammates, they had to hear ‘Three Lions’ as they left the Wembley pitch on Sunday.
The song, by English band The Lightning Seeds, played moments after the full-time whistle blew, much to the delight of England fans who feel it was meant exactly for Lovren.
Lovren can’t have enjoyed that.
Ivan Rakitic recently opened up on how it felt to hear 'Three Lions' played so often during the World Cup.
“It’s something positive you created around the team that wasn’t [designed] to offend, although we thought: ‘Yeah, but you still have to play us,’” Ivan Rakitic said in a recent interview with The Guardian.
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